(I know Trademark Law is not Copyright Law, but it’s the closest tag I have….)
I just found this on our company’s brand portal and I thought it was hiliarious. It’s taken from a list of Asian countries detailing how their respective Trademark Laws work:
Law on Trade Marks, 1931
There are unfair competition provisions. The Islamic Penal Code provides for lashing and imprisonment.
Wow! Talk about a tough stance against trademark infringers!!!
Well over this past weekend me and Hikaru decided to create this year’s Gingerbread House, a tradition we have had for, oh, all of one year (!) by now…. Anyway, this year we wanted to surpass last year’s house and create something special. Mind you, we are still very much novices when it comes to gingerbread house creating, and we have long to go up to mastering the art.
Last year, we simply bought one ready-made house (in parts though, but no baking required) from Swedish makers Anna’s and put it together and focused on the decorating. It looked kinda nice for a first house. Check image below (click to zoom):
This year, though, we wanted to increase the quality and do something a little bit better. Still, we didn’t feel brave enough to bake a house completely from scratch, so we decided to go with Anna’s again, although this time we bought three (3!) sets, planning on customizing them into one, big house. Sure, if we’re into customizing gingerbread houses, it’s a lot easier to do so before the dough is cooked – but since we had the ready made ones, we had no choice. By using high-quality precision GLOBAL knives, we managed to not only customize the houses’ wall and roof parts – but also create some extra addon accessories from the left over pieces! We’re quite happy with the result, check the photo below:
As a final touch, we added some small Santa figurines – and placed them around the house. Here is my favorite one, the master of the house, enjoying a Christmas dinner on the porch…..
This guy seems to love cassette tapes – he has collected a whole page of pictures of different brands and models of them! It’s a huge nostalgic kick, that’s for sure!
Check it out here: Cassette Jam ’05
O-Getsu Ryu will perform their latest work “Colorful” in Tokyo on October 25-27 at Space Zero in Yoyogi, Tokyo, Japan. To get tickets, visit their homepage at www.o-getsu.com.
O-Getsu Ryu is a unique performance group that mixes very traditional Tsurugi style sword techniques with modern music. Their shows are often based on old Japanese tales, like The Tale of Genji or stories written about the 17th century samurai Musashi. They recently toured Taiwan, and last year they toured around Europe with their show “Sakuya” to high critical acclaim.
The leader of the group, Ms. Mihoko Kamiya, also sings in a very old, extinct language dating back to the Yamato period (250 – 710 AD), which hardly can be experienced through viewing photographs! If you can read Japanese, there’s an interview with her to be found on Soulswitch.jp.
It’s very hard to describe O-Getsu Ryu any further – it’s a truly unique experience mixing old and new, aggressive weapon techniques with beautiful fluid dance motions. The pictures below capture at least some of the magic. (Click on the thumbnails to see original photo.)